(Meta) population dynamics of infectious diseases

Bryan Grenfell, John Harwood

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The metapopulation concept provides a very powerful tool for analysing the persistence of spatially-disaggregated populations, in terms of a balance between local extinction and colonization. Exactly the same approach has been developed by epidemiologists, in order to understand patterns of diseases persistence. There is great scope for further cross-fertilization between these areas. Recent work on the spatiotemporal dynamics of measles illustrates that the large datasets and rich modelling literature on many infectious diseases offer great potential for developing and testing ideas about metapopulations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)395-399
Number of pages5
JournalTrends in Ecology and Evolution
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1997
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics


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